Prosecutor Floats Idea of Additional Delphi Suspects

Indiana judge said Tuesday that she will decide soon whether to unseal court records
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 23, 2022 1:30 AM CST
Prosecutor: 'Reason to Believe' Others Involved in Delphi Murders
Officers escort Richard Matthew Allen, out of the Carroll County courthouse following a hearing, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Delphi, Ind. Allen was charged last month with two counts of murder in the killings of Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

An Indiana judge said Tuesday that she will decide soon whether to unseal court records that led to a man’s arrest in the 2017 killings of two teenage girls, while a prosecutor urged the court to keep the documents sealed because others could be involved in the case. Special Judge Fran Gull said she'd decide the matter "in due haste" after she listened to arguments from attorneys for 50-year-old Richard Matthew Allen and the county prosecutor, reports the AP. Gull acknowledged that there is great public interest in the case against the Delphi, Indiana, man who was arrested last month and charged with two counts of murder in the killings of 14-year-old Liberty "Libby" German and 13-year-old Abigail "Abby" Williams.

The probable cause affidavit and charging information against Allen have not been publicly released since they were sealed last month at the request of Carroll County Prosecutor Nicholas McLeland. Several news organizations, including the AP, filed a brief with the court on Monday urging Gull to unseal the documents, which would show what evidence authorities have linking Allen to the killings. McLeland said during Tuesday’s hearing that authorities "have a good reason to believe" Allen is not the only person connected to the killings. He said that if the affidavit were to be released without redactions, witnesses could be harassed.

Gull set a Feb. 17 bail hearing for Allen, whose attorneys on Monday filed a petition to set bond so he might be released before the trial. Andrew Baldwin, an attorney for Allen, said after the hearing that "our client is the wrong guy." Standing outside the courtroom, he said the sealed probable cause affidavit is "flimsy" and that "you expect more than what I saw." Baldwin said Allen has professed his innocence to him. On Oct. 31, authorities announced the arrest of Allen, who lives in Delphi and works at a pharmacy in the city of roughly 3,000 people about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

The February 2017 killings of the two local girls have haunted the community. A relative dropped them off at a trail near the Monon High Bridge, just outside of Delphi. Hours later, they failed to show up at their pick-up spot. The next day, their bodies were found in a rugged area near the trail. The girls' deaths were ruled homicides, but police have never disclosed how they were killed or what evidence was gathered. At the news conference announcing Allen's arrest, police declined to answer questions about what led them to Allen, citing the sealed records and their ongoing investigation.

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